Sex Before Marriage

“Sexuality, in which man's belonging to the bodily and biological world is expressed, becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one person to another, in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church 2337


Anticipating and preparing teenage and young adult children to face the temptation of sex before marriage involves a combination of proactive communication, education, and guidance. Talk to your child early about dating and values. Teach them about Catholic beliefs on sex and marriage. Explain the consequences of sex before marriage. Help them set boundaries and resist peer pressure. Be a positive role model for healthy relationships and encourage a life of prayer and growing closer to Our Lord.


Guiding and walking with teenage or young adult children who are currently active in or tempted towards sex before marriage requires a delicate balance of compassion and mercy while maintaining faithfulness to Catholic teachings. Start by lovingly sharing your concerns about the consequences of sex before marriage. Give your child practical advice on setting boundaries and avoiding temptation and provide resources for living a chaste life. This will help your child understand the beauty of the Church’s teaching on sexuality and marriage. It is also important to continue to be a good role model for healthy relationships, encourage them to participate in sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist, and reassure them of your unconditional love for them.


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